Let the Fire Burn

Let the Fire Burn

DVD - 2014
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Comprised of found footage and sound bites, Let the fire burn describes the conflict between the Black Power group MOVE and the people and city government of Philadelphia, culminating in the armed standoff of May 13, 1985, in which one police officer and eleven MOVE members were killed, ending when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the row house that served as MOVE headquarters
Publisher: [New York] : Zeitgeist Films, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 795975116039


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Apr 17, 2016

This DVD is not only a great documentary but also a thriller! The story is real though nobody knows the whole truth, as everybody in the houses were killed except one child. Did the child tell the truth or the police? Should a military-type bomb be dropped onto a civilian house from the helicopter by the police? What caused the big fire? Was the U.S. court fair? Was the public hearing useful and fair? It is great thriller documentary! (note: don't miss the extra scenes in the DVD.)

LET THE FIRE BURN (2013) is a documentary about the premeditated destruction of a MOVE house by the Philadelphia Police Department. The police dropped from a hovering helicopter an improvised satchel of explosives onto the roof of the MOVE house on Osage Avenue after an armed standoff. The city authorities, both police and fire, then let the fire burn, burning up most of the block and killing 11 people in the MOVE house. Appropriate viewing on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. LET THE FIRE BURN is immaculately produced from archival footage of investigatory commission hearings the city conducted into the police attack on the MOVE house on Osage, as well as footage from local television reporters on the scene. It is worth checking out.

May 14, 2015

This film has a distinctive style - it's entirely composed of archival footage - and a shocking story. Excellent documentary.

aaa5756 Jul 31, 2014

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater


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aaa5756 Jul 31, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Jul 31, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill


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